American singer/songwriter, known to be somewhat of an introvert, Cat Power and the popular London act Coldplay have premiered a new collaboration to be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Wish I Was Here." The song of the same name is an odd idea in theory, but the two acts seem to come to a happy median between their different musical minds.
When Coldplay's Chris Martin watched an early version of the film, he felt the song needed a strong female role similar to the plot of the movie, and creator of the film Zach Braff said he thought it was a genius idea on Martin's part. "One of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson's character) becoming the matriarch of her family," Braff said. "When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, 'Cat Power.' I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over."
Chan Marshall tracked vocals for the song at Electric Lady studios in NYC, and Chris Martin added harmonies with Coldplay producing the song. The film will be released July 18, and the soundtrack will be out July 15, featuring other, new original work from bands like The Shins and Bon Iver and music from The Head and the Heart, Hozier and Paul Simon among others.